they in England, we should have all the old prudes dealing out judgements on her, and mumbling toothless ditties, to the tune of Pride wiU have a fall. I am buying some fans and trifles for her, si mignons! Good night.
49. To HOEACE MANN.
Downing Street, Nov. 5, 1741. O.S.
I JUST mentioned to you in my letter on Monday, that I had found such a person as you wanted; I have since seen your brother, who is so satisfied with him, that he was for sending him directly away to you, without staying six weeks for an answer from you; but I chose to have your consent. He is the son of a tradesman in the city, so not yet a fine gentleman. He is between fifteen and sixteen, but very tall of his age.. He was disappointed in not going to a merchant at Genoa, as was intended; but was so far provided for it, as to have learned Italian three months: he speaks French very well, writes a good hand, and casts accounts; so, you see, there will not be much trouble in forming him to your purpose. He will go to you for twenty pounds a year and his lodging. If you like this, write me word by the first post, and he shall set out directly.
We hear to-day that the Toulon squadron is arrived at Barcelona; I don't like it of all things, for it has a look towards Tuscany. If it is suffered to go thither quietly, it will be no small addition to the present discontents.
Here is another letter, which I am entreated to send you, from poor Amorevoli; he has a continued fever, though not a high one. Yesterday, Monticelli was taken ill, so there will be no Opera on Saturday; nor was on Tuesday. Monticelli is infinitely admired; next to Farinelli]. The Viscontina
LETTEE 49.—* Carlo BroscM (1705-1782), called Farinelli, a famous singer.